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Saturday, April 21, 2012

Casino Dance Hall Opens

Saturday, April 21, 1906
On this day in Rock Springs Park history, the Casino Dance Hall opened at a cost of $30,000. It replaced the original Main Pavilion constructed by J.E. McDonald in 1897. The first floor featured a six-alley bowling court, billiard hall, Japanese tea gardens, shooting gallery, toilets, barber shop, and park offices.   The second floor was devoted entirely to dancing. The 18,000 square-foot white maple dance floor could accommodate 750 couples.  The onetime Chester icon would be featured on the cover of the first book about the park nearly one hundred years later. Read the details at

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